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By Loretta Fairchild
Lincoln, Neb. 

Letter To The Editor: Open letter to the Legislature, power structure across Neb.

 


Dear Editor:

Following the expression of opinions regarding Sen. Chamber’s choice of “image” in talking about the police in Omaha, might it be useful to move the discussion forward by considering some related issues such as the following?

Is there some degree of agreement on the following assumptions? One, life in Nebraska is very nice, but it is not 100 percent perfect, and two, “Post-Ferguson,” it seems likely that people of color may feel quite differently about the quality of their daily lives, compared to how white people feel.

Are these relevant questions that might be pursued? How do 80 (or more) percent of people of color living in Nebraska feel about the quality of their interactions with law enforcement and with other elements of the white power structure? What are the underlying issues that Sen. Chambers is calling attention to? How and when might be a good way to continue to address these and related issues?

Thank you for giving some of your scarce time to these issues.

Loretta Fairchild,

Lincoln, Neb.

 

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